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Autocar: “What BMW should do with the 1-series M”

1M | July 12th, 2010 by 6
BMW 1 series m coupe

Matt Prior over at Autocar wrote a great article that goes to the heart of the BMW purists. Touching on the “hot” 1 Series M …

Matt Prior over at Autocar wrote a great article that goes to the heart of the BMW purists. Touching on the “hot” 1 Series M Coupe subject, Matt brings up some great comparison points with the first generation M3, a model considered to be the real M.

Before we jump into his column, feel free to click through for all the latest information on the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

“For me, the great thing about BMW’s plan for a hot 1-Series is not just that there is going to be an M version of the coupe/two-door saloon (view it how you will), but that it’s going to be ‘in the tradition of the very first M3’.

BMW 1 series m coupe

You’ll remember the first M3, of course. Some lads from our sister title Pistonheads have driven one to the Classic Le Mans this weekend and brought it to the office the other day.

It still looks fabulous and, in its smallness, seems now more relevant than ever. At 1200kg it was light, and a touch under 200bhp from its highly-tuned four pot was ample.

I very much doubt either of those numbers will be so small this time. A 135i coupe already runs in at 1530kg and 302bhp. What I hope is that M division has the confidence to feel that it doesn’t just have to blitz the power of the rest of the range. It has other models – M5, M6 the Xs – that do that.

I’d love to think that when BMW talks about the affordability and purity of the original, it really means it. Keep it light, keep it simple, remember that handling and fun are not the same as power and grip.”

Continued at Autocar

  • ferrarifan

    agreed.

  • MPLAMKATA

    :):))

  • http://bmwz3club.cz Z3

    “In my ideal spec a 1-Series M would be a four-pot making perhaps 240bhp, and I’d want to find a way of taking the weight down to 1250kg, less if at all possible. It’d be completed by a slippy diff, Alcantara wheel and gearlever, tight seats and a £25k asking price…” he’s on drugs?

    • Auday

      I totally agree with him that this is how it should be, and I totally think it’s not gonna happen.

      • http://bmwz3club.cz Z3

        No, it’s not gonna happen. We live in 2010, we want safety and comfort, we have to follow regulations and standards, we have to pay for it…

  • http://www.supremetrucks.net/ Butch Wilson

    I agree with him

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